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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
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Melrose, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of history to this spot. Comfortable bedding and interesting decor throughout the hotel. You'll want to be ok with sharing bathrooms/showers...we always found one available. Loved the idea of coming and going without any keys - like the old days! Not much in the way of modern electricity but you could plug your phone or computer in in the... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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126 reviews
116 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We went there early September. The building is very nice (with a special mention to the lobby). We had a very tiny room: not more than two feet on three sides of a already small double bed (the fourth side being against a wall), that's it. We had a look at some other rooms and the twin rooms seemed bigger.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We have been traveling to Alaska for 10 years and often visit McCarthy. This visit was a disappointment for us. The rooms and bathrooms were not very clean and because the lobby is the place to hang out if you don't want to be in your room we hear most things going on. We overheard so many disturbing things about... More 

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AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

HI Olivia, Thank you for reviewing our hotel. I am so sorry for not providing the vacation experience you deserve. It was your vacation, and we let you down. Our company has been restoring McCarthy and providing great vacation experiences since 2001. Our mission revolves around YOUR vacation. Our staff is trained to solve any issue on the spot. We... More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

The Ma Johnson's Hotel has it's own special charm. The rooms are comfortable and the bathrooms are shared. There is a lot of history here and I was pleased to find the owner preserving the building. The ladies who work at the hotel are very helpful and nice to talk to.

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2 Thank AngelaPnry
New Jersey
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This 100 year old hotel has been maintained in the style and with the amenities of the time it was built. Rooms are small, shared bathrooms are down the hall, and if you want to charge your iPhone or iPad, you'll have to do it down in the lobby. If you read that and think "No way!", well, you're probably... More 

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2 Thank Ken T
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The front desk people were very helpful.The owner serves you breakfast with smiling face all the time.The breakfast spread is good.Though the hotel is very good there is very little to do in McCarthy.If ever we come here next time we will prefer staying at Kennicot.

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1 Thank Arun S
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

My wife and I stayed at Ma Johnson's for three nights. The rooms and shared baths were meticulously clean. The old time accoutrements of the entire hotel add to the warm atmosphere felt here. Becky promptly picked us up at the McCarthy airstrip and gave us a warm welcome. I forgot the nice woman's name who gave my wife ice... More 

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Port Angeles, WA
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The Hotel has been there for over 100 years. The rooms are simple, beds and a wash basin. The shower and bathroom are down the hall. owned by Neil from "The edge of Alaska" they have been remodeled and kept in original condition. I'm definitely a Team Neil guy. He has brought life back to the town of McCarthy. Great... More 

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2 Thank Cam F
Tirana, Albania
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Nice hikes to glaciers and tours of mine in Kennicut (2 miles away) - hike or shuttle. Live life in old Alaska. This old hotel had shared bathrooms and very small rooms & beds. It is not cheap. Beds were poorly made up each day. Two hour drive down picturesque dirt road. Maybe bears and moose on the trail. We... More 

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3 Thank Michael F
New York City, New York
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This hotel is very well run: the staff works hard and keeps a great attitude, the rooms and shared bathrooms are clean. They also went out of their way to accommodate us when our plans abruptly changed. I would give it a higher rating but the rooms are very small, have no outlets (though the lights are at least bright!),... More 

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